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Many moons ago….or you know, July 1, I started participating in the 10 Book Week hosted by Sarah Bessey. She is one of those supernatural people who manages to find time to mother three kids and work at a non-profit and write beautiful, inspiring words on a daily basis, so yeah. Her week plodded predictably along with a post a day sharing shiny, happy recommendations.
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Whatever. I’ve decided weeks are SO overrated. I’ve decided to do the 10 Book Week MONTH. Because it will probably take me at least that long to share the appropriate number of lists. It’s not my fault. I get easily distracted and decide to write about Rainbow Oreos or Foster Classes instead.
In any case, Sarah did a “10 Books for Tinies,” so along the same lines, I’ll share
Ellie’s MOST-Favorite, BEST Books EVER!!! (At least for this week.)
1. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
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A classic. I don’t actually like the illustrations, but the rhyming and repetition seem to do the trick. She would pay attention to this one from early on, and now, she’ll happily mumble “Nigh” as we bid adieu to the great green room and all its inhabitants.
2. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
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Mmmkay. I hate to brag, but I am AWESOME at reading this book. The black and white pages get different volume, speed, and tone from the colored pages, and we do special motions to accompany each burst of onomatopoeia. I actually work up a sweat while reading this book; it’s definitely not for bedtime.
3. Pajama Time, by Sandra Boynton
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Actually, we’re passionately in love with everything by Sandra Boynton. Her words are music, and the friendly illustrations make me want a pet elephant or a perfect piggy. She makes bedtime, bath time, and all other childhood moments sound like Broadway dance numbers. Heck, I wish she’d write a book about taxes. Getting a speeding ticket. Menstrual cramps. I just know she could add a few doo-wahs, and I’d feel better.
4. A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasza
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Okay, she’s not actually that interested in this one yet, but I LOVE the beautiful message that families don’t all have to look the same. I think this is a must-read for all families, adoptive or otherwise.
5. Rusty’s Bone, by Phil Roxbee Cox
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It’s an Usborne book I picked up at a consignment sale. It’s short and simple, but it’s touch and feel, so she’s hooked. I think she also appreciates the repetition.
6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Yes, we also have Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? on our shelf. These simple books are great for teaching colors, and she likes flipping the pages of the board book herself. At this point, she makes the various animal sounds, but she shows a definite preference for the yellow duck and gets mad when I try to move off his page. Of course, another MUST-read is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, also by Eric Carle, but it’s not pictured since we left it at her Nana’s. There are some stinkin’ adorable ideas on Pinterest for a Hungry Caterpillar party that are really competing with Elmo for Ellie’s second birthday smash.
7. My Daddy and I, by P.K. Hallinan
A sweet, rhyming story of all the fun things a kid can do with Dad. She loves the colorful illustrations and points to the “baw” and the “buh” (book), and other pictures. I love hearing Charlie read it to her, because he is that storybook Dad: attentive, imaginative, playful, supportive, kind, and loving. Y’all may know…I love that guy.
8. Butterfly’s Bath, by Sharon Streger
There’s glitter, fold-out pages, and the repetition of Ellie’s most-favorite word, “Baaat” which she repeats excitedly about 482 times until we actually go and throw her in the tub. So yeah, don’t pick this one unless it’s actually time to give your kid a good scrubbing. There are interactive suggestions for movements on each page, and after a few readings, she was pointing to her nose, flapping her arms, etc.
9. Chirpy Chick, by Roger Priddy
The attraction here is all visual. This book is another touch and feel with flashing lights and sound coming from a tractor at the end. I’m not that impressed, but she loves this book. I used to carry around a pink CareBear book day and night, so she gets a few weird selections.
10. First 100 Words, by Roger Priddy
There are a hundred versions of these “first word” books, and we happen to have this one. Since she was about eight-months-old, she has ADORED this book. If it’s in her line of sight, other books get tossed to the floor, and she points and whines fretfully until we read it. Again. And again. And again. It feels kind of like cheating as we’re not really reading. There’s no great plot structure here…just pictures and words. However, I was amazed at how quickly she started recognizing the pictures and could readily point to items. Every time we open it, she seems to have grasped a new word. I think by the time she’s two, we’ll definitely have all 100; then maybe we’ll start on the Spanish version? Cien palabras!
A Little Note to Ellie
Reading to you is one of my favorite things in this world. Every time you go and get a book off your shelf and come to me, I feel so proud. Some of these books are as big as you are, and when you toddle toward me with your tiny hands clutching a book that reaches past your knees, my heart melts. Mama is an avid reader, and one of the things I hope to teach you in life is the JOY to be found in the pages of books. You seem to have mastered this lesson thus far, and I look forward to sharing all the “friends” on my shelf with you as your grow. I want you to know that I’ll never be able to pass any of your favorite books again without thinking of the smell of your hair, the cozy feeling of your warm little body curled in my lap, or the sound of your giggles when I do the voices just the right way. So basically, I will be a snotty, tearful mess every time I go to a bookstore. Thanks kiddo.
Love you SO MUCH,